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Basel’s newborn gorilla enjoys a snooze as its mother Faddama cradles the infant in her arms

Time for a cuddle with Mummy! Newborn gorilla enjoys a comfy snooze as its proud mother Faddama cradles the infant in her arms

  • Gorilla Faddama, 36, gave birth to her fourth baby on September 1 at Basel Zoo in northwest Switzerland
  • New mother has been lovingly cradling her infant since and it is not known if the youngster is male or female
  • Zookeepers said baby’s sister Makala, four, was curious about new arrival and gently touched newborn’s head

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Adorable pictures have revealed a loving gorilla mother carefully cradling her tiny newborn baby as it enjoys a comfortable snooze.

Faddama, 36, gave birth to the cute infant on September 1 just as Basel Zoo in Switzerland was closing for the evening. The baby is the fourth child for Faddama and her second with 20-year-old silverback M’Tonge.

The baby’s older sister Makala, four, was particularly curious about the new arrival and would not leave her mother alone until she was allowed to gently touch the newborn with her fingers.  

It is not yet clear if the little one is a boy or a girl and it will be given a name once the sex is known. Faddama is an experienced mother and pictures show her looking after her baby with great care. 

She is seen holding the little one tightly to her body, as is usual for gorillas. Baby’s are reliant on their mothers’ milk for two years and even after starting to explore their surroundings are still regularly breastfed.  

Gorillas are endangered in the wild because of hunting and the destruction of their habitat. Their populations are also threatened by civil-war-like conditions as well as by diseases such as Ebola.

Gorilla Faddama gave birth to her tiny baby on September 1 just as Basel Zoo in Switzerland was closing for the evening. Since then she has been cradling the adorable youngster close to her chest

Baby gorilla's are reliant on their mothers’ milk for two years. Pictured is Faddama and her newest infant

Faddama, pictured with the new addition, is an experienced mother and has had four babies

It is not yet known if the new addition at Basel Zoo, pictured with Faddama left and right, is male or female. This is the gorilla’s fourth baby after Makala, four, was born in 2015

When the baby was born, its older sister Makala, four, was particularly curious and would not leave Faddama, pictured with the newborn, alone until she was allowed to gently touch her sibling with her fingers

When the baby was born, its older sister Makala, four, was particularly curious and would not leave Faddama, pictured with the newborn, alone until she was allowed to gently touch her sibling with her fingers

Baby gorilla's are reliant on their mother's milk for the first two years of their life and even after being allowed to explore their surroundings a little, are still regularly breastfed. Pictured is the new baby at Basel Zoo having a feed from Faddama

Baby gorilla’s are reliant on their mother’s milk for the first two years of their life and even after being allowed to explore their surroundings a little, are still regularly breastfed. Pictured is the new baby at Basel Zoo having a feed from Faddama

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